London: Indian-origin activist Shami
Chakrabarti has grabbed a top spot on the list of Britain`s
Most Influential Women, just behind Queen Elizabeth II.
The list was topped by `Harry Potter` author J K
Rowling and the ruling monarch was pushed to the third spot by
former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham who grabbed the second
Chakrabarti, 41 is the director of Liberty, a British
pressure group championing human rights and was placed fourth
on the list compiled by the National Magazine Company, whose
publications include Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping,
reported BBC online.
The pixy-haired Chakrabarti, who was born to Bengali
parents living in London, was labelled "the most dangerous
woman in Britain" by tabloids for her outspoken criticism of
the Labour government`s response to crime and terrorism.
Meanwhile Rowling, who began writing the Hogwarts tale
of young wizard Harry Potter as a unemployed single mother,
grabbed the top spot.
`Girls Aloud` singer Cheryl Cole was fifth, while
supermodel Kate Moss also made the top 10.